Let's get the important stuff out of the way first: The Haleo and Julelan story, spoofing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, is done. Finally. It ended up a lot longer than expected, clocking in at 25 pages (compared to Greenhilt, Prince of Denmark's 17 pages in SSADT). The download link will be posted in a second backer-only update, so look for that in the next few minutes.
I also worked more on the digital portraits. Now, if you pledged at the Stick It to You level, your portrait is done and should be waiting in your email inbox (the one you pledged with). If it isn't, that's probably because you're one of the 11 backers who purchased a digital portrait but have not sent me photos of you or your family. Without photos, I can't draw anything. In the interest of public shame, here are those 11 backers:
- David Pinkus
- Mickey Jensen
- Peter Standley
- Sarah Rosenberg
If your name is on this list, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with reference photos of you and/or your family by September 1st, or your portrait will be pushed back until I've finished all the crayon drawings and all Patience packages (and who knows how long that will take). If you're a Stick It to Your Family backer and you don't have your portrait but your name is not on that list, then everything's fine, you're just still on my to-do list.
Not as much progress as I would have liked. I ended up focusing on updating the regular OOTS strip on the main website these last few weeks, which means lots of new story but not as much PDF work. Going forward, I plan on catching up on mailing more signed packages and working on...something. Not sure yet. Probably the Summer A Monster for Every Season, but I may switch back and forth between that and a PDF story to-be-determined.
Now, I already plugged this on the main site's News page, so you can skip this if you already read it there. The last two members of the Order have been released in miniature form, as seen above. And that's cool and all, but you really need to see this:
That's Xykon flying on his zombie dragon in the same scale as the rest of the miniatures, making it something like two feet across. It's crazy. Morland Miniatures made a single casting run of these guys and they are also on sale now. Unlike the smaller minis, when these are gone, they're gone. So, you know. Oh, and if you're at GenCon right now, all the minis (new and old) are on sale in booth #1449.
OK, that's it. Next time I update, you're almost certainly getting a wallpaper unless I get some herculean burst of productivity and get another story finished. (Expect the wallpaper, though.)
So I've made a decision regarding updates for the near future. In order to avoid that feeling I talked about where I don't update if I don't have something concrete to show you guys, I'm going to start releasing the wallpapers that I've already completed—one new wallpaper every time I don't have anything else to deliver. I have five of them already (mostly) done from before I got hurt, and I had been waiting until they were all finished before releasing them. But I recently realized I don't need to wait, right? So here's the first wallpaper:
It's called, "No Encounters Today," and you can download it in a variety of sizes at this page on the GiantITP website. If you have any suggestions for other sizes and/or croppings you'd like to see, just leave a Comment on this update and I'll see what I can do.
As far as other work, this past week was a week of packing and shipping, mostly. I packed up about 200 autographed packages, mostly in the Stick It to You, Patience for an Art Print, and Patience for a Book reward levels. The majority of the autographed (non-crayon) packages left are the Patience for the Whole Story boxes, which are slow to get out because not only do they require me to sign seven books per customer, but they're big and bulky and don't fit too many in my car per trip. I also finished some more digital portraits and plugged away at Haleo and Julelan—which is ending up much longer than planned, surprising exactly no one. Here's the Workometer:
As you can see, it doesn't look like much even though it took a lot of time; hence the wallpaper release. But hey, now you have something to look forward to next time—either a PDF or another wallpaper! Until then, thanks for your continued support and patience.
Sometimes, I get into this...loop. I think to myself, "I'm going to get Task X done, and then I'm going to do an update." And then I get about half of Task X, and I have to stop to take care of Non-Work-Related-Task Y. And then Non-Work-Related-Task Y gets mostly sorted, but now it's been five days since I posted a regular OOTS comic, so I have to get started on that. And then that takes like a whole day just to write, and I need to break the art up into two days because I can't draw for that long at once anymore, and then I finally can get back to Task X. Except, now it's been too long since I did an update to have gotten nothing but Task X done, so I decide that I need to also try to do Task Z before the update. So I start working on Task Z...and Non-Work-Related-Task Q comes along.
All of that is a really long way of saying, "Sorry I haven't had an update in a while."
Since the last update, I finished the promised nine strips in a row for the main OOTS comic, but that's ancient history by now, so who cares? I did add it to the Workometer after the fact, though. Some more Patience packages shipped, but I'm mostly only packing those when there's nothing else that I could be doing, since I was upfront about no one expecting those until everything else was finished. Here's where things stand:
I guess the big news then, other than incremental progress for which I have nothing yet to show, is that digital portraits have started going out. Right now, I've finished half of them—35 "Stick It to Me" and 5 "Stick It to My Family" portraits. Most of those have already been emailed out, but there are still a few I need to format and send. There are also 17 packages where it turns out I do not have the necessary reference photos from the backer (either because it was never sent or because my email devoured it), so if you pledged for one of these, check your email to see if there's a message from us. Likewise, if you know for a fact that you never sent in your photos, send them now to email@example.com. (SEE P.S. BELOW)
In unrelated news, I can now shill the latest two OOTS miniatures, Haley and Elan. Haley comes with two bow options (firing and not-firing), while Elan comes with both his lute and his rapier. The previously provided $7-off-shipping coupon code is still good on these, too. Before anyone gets mad that I only seem to do an update when someone puts something on sale, you should know that this is usually the best way to break me out of that loop I mentioned up top. When Morland or Ookoodook tells me that I need to announce a product, I know I need to update whether I'm ready or not.
That's it for now. With luck, I won't get too stuck in my cycle to do another one of these sooner rather than later. Thanks, as always, for your nigh-superhuman patience.
P.S. Apparently, someone has launched a DDoS attack against GiantITP.com for who-knows-what reason. I had to put these images on another server just to send this. I have no idea when it will be back, but I'll try to update via my Twitter when I can. But it does mean that the email address listed above may be offline for a while.